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follow our expert contributors on twitter, facebook, instagram, google+ and more. this is al jazeera america, live from new york city, i'm tony harris. a state of emergency in a missouri county one year after the shooting death of michael brown in ferguson. dozens die in car bombings in iraq. and the toxic spill in the colorado river worse than first reported. ♪ so we hope to give you a mix
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of live pictures from what is happening along i-70 in st. stment, missouri, you are going to see a number of police officers, several police vehicles. what think are attempting to do, at least this is our understanding, is they are attempting to keep demonstrators there, marking once year since the death of michael brown from shutting down a major thoroughfare, i-70. so i want to take a look now. take a look at pictures from earlier, that car was interesting, so this is the seen from a little bit earlier, you see all of the missouri state troopers there on the highway. they are on i-70 right now, and they are starting to face off with some of the protesters who we understand are attempting, and we saw this last year, and they are attempting right now to shut down a portion of i-70. now what the state troopers were able to do was to move them off
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of the road, and now is this earlier as well, okay, still earlier pictures of the demonstrators sort of lingering about in a parking lot right next to i-70. do we have live pictures right now? and we're not sure what that bus is about, if it's to pick up the demonstrators or to do something else. but that is the scene right now. there is large missouri state police presence there. we'll keep an eye on the situation and update this scene as we get additional pictures and information. so there is a state of emergency now in effect in st. louis county, the declaration follows several shootings last night in the city of ferguson, protesters have been as i mentioned marking one year since the death of michael brown in ferguson. diane eastabrook is there.
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diane describe the scenes. we see what is happening along i-70, buddies krieb events from earlier in the day. >> yes, tony, there have been a handful of demonstrations around today. one of the larger ones that encountered was in downtown downtown st. louis today there were about 200 people who descended on a capitol building. about 60 people broke through a barricade, and refused to leave, but there was no real trouble. we talked to tracy backman, she is a local pastor, part of a commission designed at reforming ferguson, and she says she doesn't think the shootings last night were a setback for ferguson. >> i'm not real surprised with
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that many people gathering that you don't have a few incidents. it was 20 minutes in a key day weekend. >> reporter: and blackman things that maybe in the days to come once some of the protesting dissipates, some of the tension dissipates from the air, we won't see some of the things we saw last night. >> diane tell me a bit more what you know about the state of emergency now in effect through ferguson and throughout st. louis county. >> reporter: yeah, tony, with we saw this last year during the rioting and protests, st. louis county is basically overseeing the police force in ferguson. now at this point, the governor hasn't called in the national guard as we saw last year. although governor jay nixon did issue a statement today, and he said tos who terrorize communities with gunfire and commitment violence against police officers are criminals and the reprehensible acts must
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not be allowed to silence the voices of peace and progress. also later today, the major here in ferguson, released a statement, he said the city is not going to tolerate this kind of violence that we saw last night. he is asking residents and businesses to report any kind of wrongdoing to the city. >> all right. dy -- diane eastabrook for us in ferguson, missouri. we are joined be a friend of the brown family tonight. professor good to have you. >> goods to have you. are the shootings last night a setback in your mind for ferguson? >> i think a year later to see another young man shot on the street to see here tear gas on the street, it is a situation where we have new faces same
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problem. i wouldn't say it's a setback, i think it's more an indicator that we may not have made as much progress as some of the city leaders would you believe. >> the attorney general condemned last night's violence, she said it obscures the message of reconciliation and healing. is she right about that? >> i think that what happened last night. i think the real forces where we are today, august 10th, 2015, and i don't think it obscures any sort of message that people are trying to put out there, in terms of the black lives matters movement. our message from the beginning has been that there is a profound injustice happening. it's happening on a consistent basis, and we need change. from my personal perspective, i think it reinforces the message
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that the status quo was unacceptable and we need to change that going forward. >> just inn i want to loop in to some of the messages going on right now. this is a picture of i-70. can you see these pictures? >> i can. >> okay. great. you cannot. okay. so we have a group of demonstrators that were attempting to shut down a portion of i-70. we saw this last year. so let me ask this question this way. the anniversary of eric garner's killing in staten island that happens with nothing, you have this demonstration here just off of i-70, as we take a look at pictures moments ago. why are emotions still so saw in
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st. louis and specifically in ferguson. >> well, i think here in st. louis county in missouri, we have a infrastructure that is built on reinforcing suppression of people's right to protest, in doing so vehemently. so we have seen the tear gas on the streets. we have seen the rubber bullets. and what happened a year ago has left a distinct impression on the psyche of the demonstrators, and we know that our lives are not seen in a light that is seen as equal to others. i think if you look at the comparison of that, what happened with the eric garner case -- look, the ferguson, call it resistance was a watershed moment, and a year ago, to have another shooting in particular on the exact -- >> justin you can hardly believe
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that. right? it's hard to believe that a year later. >> and, you know, the victim, he was 18 years old, he was a friend of mike browns, and, you know, we pray for his recovery, but that sort of factor causes people to want to take to the streets. also if you -- you won't mind, my understanding is there was a police organization that declared yesterday, darren wilson day, a year after mike brown had been killed, they declared that day darren wilson day, and people are protesting against that sort of provocation, we have seen. we had a local official here who wea wears an i am darren wilson wristband openly. so you do see provocation. >> it seems like you are in a
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position to maybe make a little news here. the young man shot by police last night. we have word that he is critically wounded. was he armed? and the line here is that he fired at officers. >> yeah, i don't know if he was armed. unfortunately i was there in the vicinity last night. i myself was out when people was tear gassed and i was near the screen, i heard gunshots, but i do not know who they come from or in what direction. >> more than 100 bills related to criminal justice and policing were offered up by mainly a handful of democrats there in the legislator. and just one made it out of the
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legislature. does that go to your structure change being necessary? >> right. we have this chance to seize the moment to create change. and so far we haven't seen lawmakers step up to the plate and enforce some sort of new transformational status quo. and the proposals are on the table. and look, small incremental technocratic changes like cod -- body cams alone are not going to cut it. we need to grab the chance to do that. we haven't done it here yet. >> just continue take you. justin is an attorney and law professor at st. louis university. the family of one young man
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shot to death in texas want answers. he was shot by an officer responding to a particularly calling. taylor seen on video, damaging a car, and then driving his own car through the showroom windows. a wave of attacks in turkey has killed at least nine people why the u.s. console late in istanbul was targeted. bernard smith has our report. >> reporter: chased down to a back street near the u.s. console late in istanbul, a woman who earlier opened fire, refuses to surrender. i did it for my party she shouts before being shot and wounded by a police officer. her party is the extreme left-wing and anti-american revolutionary people's
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liberation army front, the dhkpc. a second attacker, also female escaped from the area. in 2013, they said it was behind a suicide become attack against u.s. embassy. >> translator: i saw this woman running and they fired around waing shot. someone through a chair at the woman. >> reporter: earlier a bomb december nated outside of a police station on the eastern edge, an attacker was killed. several civilians and police officers were wounded. then as forensic and bomb squad teams searched the scene, two opened fire on them. and there has been further violence in southeastern turkey. four police officers were killed by a roadside bomb and a soldier
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was killed when a rocket was fired on a helicopter, attacks blamed on the pkk. the turkish military has carried out air strikes on positions of the pkk and isil. the security forces have arrested hundreds of people suspected of being members of banned organization. the turkish government says it faces security threats on a series of fronts, not just from isil. the events from the past 24 hours would seem to back up those concerns. the united states has sent fire jets to a turkish base. this comes after turkey allowed the u.s. to use the base to launch air strikes against isil. it is seen to have a major
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advantage. isil is claiming responsible for a suicide attack. >> reporter: dozens killed and dozens more wounded in two deadly suicide car bomb attacks that happened late monday evening. isil has claimed responsibility for those attacks that happened in predominant i will shee that predominated areas. isil took responsibility for a similar attack that happened in late july close to the same area, in which over 100 civilians were killed. police and military fishlts telling us this was a devastating attack. all of this, very much underscoring just how tense the situation remains in iraq. you have a detiered security situation. security forces v iraqi security forces trying to fight isil on several fronts here. also you have mounting pressure
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on the government to pass what is being called as much-needed reforms to try to restore basic services like electricity, air conditioning. many people, thousands of people have been taking to the streets several times the past week. tens of thousands in several cities across iraq, mobilizing, marching, telling the government they must pass much-needed reforms. it is expected on tuesday that parliament will meet and they may pass bills to fight corruption, but much needs to be seen tomorrow by the iraqi people to make sure the government is delivering on the promises vowed by the iraqi government. but so much going on on so many fronts right now, it is a country considered to be in crisis, and many want the
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security situation and the situation for society at large foim prove. pakistan is sending messages of war in a series of bombings in kabul. a car bombing near the entrance to the nation's main airport. the taliban claimed responsibility. more than 56 people were killed. an american service member was also among those killed when a nato service base was killed during those attacks. the president says pack tan is not doing enough to stop the taliban and still ahead, a toxic mess. and playing for the rising price of college, how hillary clinton's plan to make education afford blg stacks up against her competitors.
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♪ the death toll from an outbreak of legionnaires' disease in new york city now
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stands at 12. and officials say 113 have been inflected -- infected since july. new york city major says legionnaires' disease is not always deadly. >> it is vital to remember that because this is not a contagious disease and because it is a disease that can be treated with antibiotics, it is still crucially important to inform anyone in any area. >> health officials suspect that five water tooling towers are the source of the outbreak. there is an area outrage forming in the midwest. jonathan betz is following developments. jonathan is this something we
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could be feeling the effects of for years to come. >> yeah, absolutely. in that is a big concern. more than 100 miles of colorado rocky river has been contaminated. seeing yellow a river stained with toxic chemicals, shutting off a natural treasure and poisoning some people's wells. >> i'm here on my property, and i cannot shower, cook, or do anything with the water from my water well. we came out here and looked at the river and cried. >> reporter: an ecological catastrophe. 3 million gallons of toxic slug flowing through the colorado river. >> you can't even describe it. >> reporter: created accidentally by the people responsible for guarding natural
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resources. that epa was trying to plug a leak in an abandoned gold mine. instead they released contaminated water down a river. it was still gushing more than 500 million gallons a minute. >> we miss judged, and this is something i'm owning up to. >> reporter: the accident happened near sill on theton and then headed downstream. now the popular summer destination of lake powell is starting to see the yellow tide. tribal nations have declared a state of emergency, and have shut down some of their water-in take systems. and there are fears the spill will wind up in the grand canyon. >> it's scary, i mean it's dangerous. >> reporter: at its peak the epa
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said the water had more than 300 times the normal level of arson nick. the river and surrounding creeks have been closed for fishing and swims. but officials say the drinking water is safe at least for now. >> it's like when you flew over the fires, and you see something that your mind isn't ready to see. >> reporter: the epa says it will eventually dissipate, but it's unclear what the long-term effects may be. >> my first concern is the next generations and what they are walking into. >> reporter: the epa is now being cite sized for waiting more than 24 hours to notify officials. the new jersey nj governor said it was actually a native american tribe that first told the story about the spill. the world's largest provider
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of sugary drinks is giving millions of dollars to scientists for a controversial weight loss program. they say americans should be paying more attention to exercise and less attention to their exercise. they also endorsed on-line positions for heart health. today, third quarter rolled out her proposal to give students access to state-tuition grants. john terrett reports. >> if you work hard you can get ahead. >> reporter: hillary clinton in new hampshire with a plan designed to make voters sit up and listen. she is proposing a plan to help
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pay for education. >> if you can refinance your mortgage or car loan, you should be able to refinance your student loan too. >> reporter: under her plan, states would not have to take out loans for tuition, would get $175 billion in return. and they would agree to cut education costs and increase spending over time. >> that money is out there and available for states. and when a state meets the criteria they get a cut of that, and it goes to either grants or lowering tuition. >> reporter: her plan doesn't go as far as bernie sanders. he plans to make college not just debt free but tuition free. >> i the her plan is more realistic than bernie's plan.
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his plan sounds good, but is maybe a little less reasonable. >> reporter: clinton's plan would be paid for by putting a tax on wealthy families. it's a growing problem that many think is crippling the u.s. financial economy. $1.2 trillion is owed in student debt, 40 million people owe student debt, and 11.1% of it is delink went. >> i believe our success isn't featured but how much the wealthiest americans have. >> reporter: the clinton complain released a video. showed how students are burdened by student debt. the plan is bold, but not reach every lower to middle income student. >> it wouldn't work for some people who need to use their summer's earnings to pay for their own living expenses.
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that they weren't able to use that money to put towards tuition. so there's some share of people who would still have to take out some debt or parents have to kick in maybe more than they could. >> reporter: another hurdle, getting this all through the congress. google is one of the most recognizable brands in the world today. a surprising announcement from the company. it is changing its name as part of a major row structuring. its parent company will now be called fall fa -- alphabet. warren buffet has made his biggest purchase every, $37 billion for an aerospace
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industry. buffet admits he knew very little about company until a year ago. still ahead, surprising statistics about shootings in an urban neighborhood. and hoping for freedom, the "washington post" reporter still held in iran could be a step closer to coming home.
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>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the sound bites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is. >> ray suarez hosts "inside story". only on al jazeera america. ♪ a state of emergency is now in effect in st. louis county, missouri, that includes the city of ferguson where protesters have been marking one year since michael brown was shot and killed by a police officer. today some demonstrators held a day of civil disoh beansance. >> reporter: i'm sitting outside of the local arm of the federal justice department where a couple of hundred protesters have gathered.
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and they have gone over the barricades that have been set up by police to try to get in the door to deliver a message, and we're seeing police officering now responding to the scene, coming up on to the platform above the stairs that you can see behind me. we have spoken to these demonstrators before this action. they called this an action of civil disobedience. they are here to deliver a message that they are concerned that the reck -- recommendations issued to get reforms on policing in ferguson, are not being implemented. they feel they are being ignored by the department. and they have that message they want to get inside to talk to the u.s. attorney to talk about. >> loretta was in pittsburgh to talk about improving strained
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relations between the police and the communities they served. she condemned sunday night's shootings. >> not only does violence obscure any message of peaceful protest, it places the community as well as the officers who are speaking to protect it in harm's way. pittsburgh is one of six cities designed to help police departments reduce bias and improve community relations. some are calling the summer of 2015 the summer of the gun. gun violence is up in cities. al jazeera america is taking a closer look at the rise in gun violence, and according to one tech company there is a lot more gunfire in high-crime neighborhoods than the statistics indicate.
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and it is taking a toll on children in those neighborhoods. jake ward has more. jake? >> reporter: that's right tony. not only is new technology makes it possible to learn that there's more gunfire going on than ever. new science is showing that it is having a lasting effects on children. >> reporter: this man remembers his childhood in riech monday, california before crack cocaine arrived. >> everybody was middle class, and it was nice. after crack hit it was the worsest scene you would ever want to see. you are hearing gunshots every day. bullets and a kid won't even flen. . >> reporter: in 2014, the united states saw more than 11,000 homicides with a firearm. 1.3 per hour. but 911 calls are how official
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statistics are compiled. that's is just what is reported to police. here is gunfire in the u.s. really looks like. there are at least three times as many shooting incidents. data reveals for every shot we know about there are 25 to 50 bullets we don't. >> unfortunately when somebody fires a gun, people call 911 only 20% of the time. the first challenge is that four out of five times nobody knows it happened except the person who pulled the trigger. >> reporter: to get a better sense of what is happening on their skreets. cities like rich monday use micro phones and technology from companies like shot fire. >> i think if the american population knew just how many shooting incidents there are, in which bullets are flying through the air, and little kids are listening to gunfire, five, ten,
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15 times a night, i think the reaction about the gun debate would be a little different. >> reporter: this is the neighborhood of east oak land behind me. it is plagued by gunfire. let's assume there is more going on than previously reported. what is it doing to the kids who live here just to hear as much gunfire as they are. terence says the repeated fire of guns has clear psychological effects, and it actually drives kids to pick up guns to feel safe. >> because of the trouble they face, self actualization, self-esteem, all of these things that are higher up are just not even in the realm of possibility. it's around physical and psychological needs. >> reporter: the best underresult is impact on the
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brain. >> impacts of attention. impacts on memory, and regulation of emotion. >> reporter: new science suggests that the trauma gun violence also takes a toll on the body. in 17,000 patients is found that early trauma is clearly linked to the risk of early illness and death. it was not just from alcoholism and sexually transmitted disease, but also obese tease, and cancer trouble in later life. it may be physically toxic. >> the traumatic experience is felt and responded to, and what we find is that it's held within the body. >> the science suggests that how parents process the trauma itself can help their children. >> inside the inner city
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communities they have commandments just like the bible. thou shall carry a gun. we're letting her know you don't have to live by none of these commandments. >> tony, the -- sort of the upside here is that parents can haven influence. until now it has been assumed that infants and toddlers are too early to remember early trauma, but it's exactly those years we have to worry about the most, and if parents can figure out a way to not themselves be constantly traumatized, and make the child feel safe, that's the best hope so far to actual toxic
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physical effects that can shorter one's life by thousands maybe even millions of children across the united states. >> we're joined by the director of the national center of children exposed to violence. can i start with the sound bite from james from that tech company. he said, and i want to repeat this here, i think if the american population knew just how many shooting incidents there are in which bullets are flying through the air and little kids are listening to gunfire, i think the reaction about the gun debate would be a little different. what is your reaction to that, doctor? >> i wish that were true. the kinds of things that children are exposed to in their neighborhoods and homes, unless treated and supported by
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families, by communities and mental health professionals is extraordinary and shocking in a country that claims to care so much about our children. >> even more so on par with, different than -- clearly you are talking about episodes of domestic violence and that sort, that can be more damaging? >> right. look, a basic tenant of a necessary ingredient for development is basic safety and security, and when that is missing, then children are at risk for suffering the consequences, because there are implications for failures of development, failures of being able to achieve what they potential is in learning in belay shunships and behavior. >> yeah. so this gentlemen from shot
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spotter said that the reaction would be different if folks had a firm idea of the data in shootings in some neighborhoods. doesn't the evidence suggest that no, the debate wouldn't change with more data. >> i'm enormously supportive of shot spotter, but technology alone is not going to change elements of human behavior that keep us from paying enough attention from children affected most by the violence. violence is up setting. it is scary, and we're left feeling out of control, and when we have that experience we tend to turn away. the unfortunately thing is in turning away we lose site of important innovations that have been developed at the community level. >> share some of that with us?
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>> children are at greatest risks for bad outcomes when they have been traumatized and no one is able to provide support words for and treatment for the symptoms that follow. there have been enormous strides made in terms of increasing dent kiegs through partnerships with law enforcement and mental health. better identification in emergency rooms and social well fehr systems and there are treatments that can work early in intervenes. >> you have to be aware of those programs and be able to access them, right? >> and unfortunately our public is not made as fully aware, because we are in search, understandably of quick solutions. >> doctor, i can't help us, as i'm listening to you speak think about okay. so these are some of the programs that are available to help young people who have been traumatized.
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do we overuse that word traumatized? >> we do. trauma sdirn than upset. trauma is when we're confronted of -- i like to think of it, unfortunately as the the realization of our worst nightmares. and trauma refers to confrontation between our worst fears of loss, damage to our bodies, losing control of our feelings and impulses, with events for which we are completely unprepared. >> yeah. >> and this has age pact on the way our brains work, our responses that contribute to an ongoing experience of loss of control, and it's symptoms that emerge that then have a subsequent impact. >> so i know we're talking about situations here in the united states, but i can't help but think as you are talking here about the young people being subjected to ungodly violence in conflict zones ash the country and what the wrong
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term prognosis is for those young people, those kids in syria and elsewhere, who are being -- truly being traumatized. >> one of the most important ingredients in treating children who have been truly traumatized is that the danger has to stop, so this is not a one size fits all, and it's not a single answer. we need to be focusing on all of issues that have been contributing to gun violence, but we want to take advanceage of what we have learned. >> and share that. >> yes, and that as a people we have decided that time is done with just talking about what we want to do with our children. it's time to put our resources into their lives as well. >> doctor that was terrific. thank you, sir. >> thank you. >> good conversation, thank you.
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chicago has been hit hard by gun violence, more than 1700 have been injured in shootings this year. most gunshot victims do survive, but caring for the wounded is a costly endeavor. sarah hoye has the story. >> it was jewel 27th, 2005. a nice day. some guys was asking me questions about the job. we were talking. the shots rang out. >> shots fired. >> reporter: derek owens was just 21 years old when a stranger shot him twice while on his way home from work. he was paralyzed and would never walk again. he was unensured at the time of his shooting. leaving the hospital to pick up the initial happ tab. >> reporter: what was the total bill from start to now? >> looking at like -- almost like $10 million.
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>> reporter: $10 million. >> $10 million. >> reporter: a university of chick crime lab study puts the cost of gun violence nationwide about $100 million a year. with shootings in the windy city alone costing about $2,500 per household. that's over a million dollars for just the first year of medical bills. added to that are court costs. mental health care and unemployment. michael brown was driving in the north suburbs when he heard the window crack. >> it felts like someone had punched me in my left shoulder in the back. >> reporter: he had been hit by a stray bullet. >> i'm not a gang binger or a thug. i'm a teacher. and i'm thinking why would someone want to shoot me. and i guess i figured out it was just an act of random violence.
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>> reporter: that bullet would leave brown without the use of his arms or legs, changing his life forever. >> my wife of course she was working full-time. and she had to leave her job. it has affected her tremendously. i don't know whether i'll ever be able to teach again, or work again, you know. you are left in a state of wonderment, you know, about your own financial future. >> reporter: brown had taught high school math for 35 years and par -- pastored for 17. how hard has it been to you to not be able to minister? >> ministry is my life, and to not be able to stand there and do what god has called me to do, it's just -- i can't describe it, because it's heart
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wretching. >> sarah is with us. i remember this story. i remember it from earlier. ferguson is -- bubbling again. update me on the chicago story. >> well even as you set this up, we're look looking at about 1300 shootings. just shootings alone. and will are about 300 homicide deaths by gun. imagine 1300, 1400 -- >> talk to me about impact. >> we're talking not only numbers. like the gentlemen in the piece, his life has been completely flipped upside down. at 50, 57, what do you do? >> right. right. 88 americans -- can i read this? >> go ahead. >> 88 americans are killed by gun violence.
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nearly 12,000 americans are murdered by guns every year. a rate at more than 20 times more than any other developed country in the world. >> right. and what happens if you do survive? whether you are paralyzed or you need millions of dollars of medical care. >> sarah good to see you. appreciate that update on that story. you can see sarah's complete report on "america tonight." all of the reporting airs there every tuesday through friday. it has been nearly a month since the landmark agreement on iran's nuclear agreement was reached. today the president sayings he expects congress to vote against the deal, but it could lead to more regional cooperation by
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iran in the future. >> this deal was not count on our fundamental relationship with iran changing. it's not based on trust or a warming of relations. it is based on hard cold logic and our ability to a verify that iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapon. having said that, it is possible that as a consequence of disengagement, as a consequence of iran being able to recognize that what is happening in syria, for example, is leading to extremism that threatens their own state, and not just the united states. >> and today 29 leading american scientists including six nobel lower rates sent obama a letter
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approving the letter. a verdict has been reached on the american detained in iran. he spoke in his own hearing. alexei o'brien has our report. >> reporter: he has been held in the country's prison in solitary confinement. he and his journalist wife were arrested in 2014 along with two photo journalists, all were released except for o'brien. who is held on espionage charges. >> every day you continue to hold him in prison is a dark day. >> reporter: he moved to iran in 2008 and joined the "washington post" four years later. his family says he has faced numerous health care problems. his employers have called he
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imprisonment an abomination. >> his incarceration, trial, conditions of imprisonment, has been a disgraceful violation of human rights. >> reporter: they have appealed to united nations human rights trial. almost 450,000 people have also signed an on line petition. >> good evening, even. >> reporter: at a black tie dinner in washington in april, the president of the united states spoke about his imprisonment. >> for nine months jason has been in prison in tehran for nothing more than writing about the hopes and fears of the iranian people. >> reporter: still the obama administration failed to make his release or that of three other americans part of a recently secured agreement. the white house maintains the issue will be raised separately.
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in that tactic was criticized by some in the u.s. congress. >> they continue to pocius in the eye and continue to spit in our face. it would just be ludicrous and outrageous for us to have a deal with iran that doesn't include the bringing home of our hostages. coming up more wild fires break out in california. how weather is contributing.
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now the u.s. forest service is mourning a second firefighter killed while battling a wildfire in california. he died saturday fighting the sierra wildfire near lake tahoe. more than 20,000 firefighters are battling the wildfires in
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california. and this is likely to get worst. >> it's likely to get worse. i'm going to show you the graphics in a just a moment, but we are looking at the northern part of california right now. you can see this big cluster. google earth on where those fires are located. the fire threat is going to be escalated over the next couple of days. i want to show you the zisable satellite for today. because that is show those areas of smoke and fire ts right there. along with that, we start to see the risks, and those are going to those storms producing die lightning across the region. we're starting to pick up the thunderstorms right now as you can see. the fire threat looks like this, especially through tuesday where we have red-flag warnings in
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effect for five states, that means thunderstorms with dry lightning is going to be spreading up here. temperatures across the region are expected to get a little bit warmer. about average up towards california. 98 degrees as we go towards wednesday. you take the drought, dry conditions and temperatures, and it is going to be a very bad week. the faa reportedly has known for years that air traffic controllers don't get up in sleep. the associated press found that air traffic controller schedules lead to chronic fatigue. at least two in ten controllers had committed a significant err error. david shuster is here with more. >> tony thanks, coming up tonight at 8:00, we'll take a look at threats from passenger jets from drones. yesterday four jets said they
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spotted a drone. we'll focus on what would happen if a drone actually struck a plane. awls we continue the look at violent crimes, summer of the gun. we'll introduce viewers to the mother of a teen in chicago who is suing the suburban community. one suburban gun shop alone is responsible for almost half of the guns being recovered on the chicago streets. plus the grammy award winners using that music to fight for social just -- justice. two russian cosmonauts percent six hours walks in space today. it was also an eventual day inside the international space station. they tasted space-grown lettuce for the first time.
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the seeds were planted in a greenhouse on board the place station about a month ago now. that is all of our time. i'm tony harris in new york. thanks for watching. david shuster is back in just a couple of minutes. ♪
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hello, everybody, this is al jazeera america, live from new york city. i'm david shuster. just ahead, ferguson is on edge again after another black man gets shot by police. summer of the gun, an in-depth report on the surge in violence, and what communities are trying to do to stop it. millions of gallons of sludge have leaked into a colorado river,